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Ewing Jr. to play for Jamaica

Patrick Ewing Jr., son of NBA superstar Patrick Ewing, will reportedly represent Jamaica in international competition. Before being waived because of a serious MCL sprain, Ewing was averaging 16.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game for the Reno Bighorns of the D-League.

While Aljani Williams, president of the Jamaica Amateur Basketball association, was filing papers that would allow Roy Hibbert to represent Jamaica, he was informed that Ewing was also interested in representing Jamaica. According to the vice-president of Ewing’s agency, Ewing’s knee injury will not be a concern:

“He is playing full contact basketball and is in very good shape and will most likely be signing a full NBA contract this summer with one of a number of teams that have expressed interest, and should be back in the NBA by the start of the 2010/2011 season.”

Ewing’s first international games for Jamaica would be in the Centro Basketball Tournament, which begins on July 5th.

Ewing was born in Boston, but his father is a native of Jamaica. It’s good to see players who probably wouldn’t make the U.S. National team helping out basketball in other countries and getting some international experience themselves.